Dr Rosemary Bagot

Dr Rosemary C. Bagot is an Assistant Professor in Behavioural Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, a William Dawson Scholar, and Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neurogenomics at McGill University. She is also a Principal Investigator at the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health, a member of the Centre for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, and an Associate member of the Department of Psychiatry.

Area of Research

An internationally recognized expert in behavioural neurogenomics and animal models of depression, Dr Bagot ranks among the most promising young neuroscientists in Canada. Her main research focus is depression, specifically in the use of animal models to identify the mechanisms behind altered brain circuit functioning: the mechanics of how stress across the lifespan shapes brain and behaviour. While epidemiological studies highlight the importance of stress in the etiology of depression, not all people who experience stress become depressed. Uncovering brain circuit changes and behavioural characteristics associated with increased stress susceptibility is vital to understanding the differences in both resilience and susceptibility to depression.

Dr Bagot joined McGill in 2016 where she established a multidisciplinary, cutting-edge neuroscience facility that is pioneering research in stress, depression and resiliency: the Behavioural Neurogenomics Laboratory. With start-up funding from the Canadian and Quebec governments, the lab is uniquely positioned to combine molecular, cellular and behavioural technologies, such as, in-vitro electrophysiology, in-vivo optogenetics, in-vivo calcium imaging, and next-generation sequencing in robust mouse behavioural models.

Through her diverse research experiences, Dr Bagot has developed a unique multi-layered research approach that integrates transdisciplinary technical expertise spanning molecular biology, bioinformatics, electrophysiology, in-vivo calcium imaging, and behavioural models. Her multi-disciplinary approach is elucidating the brain circuit changes that drive maladaptive behaviours and the underlying gene expression networks that mediate altered circuit function.

A highly cited researcher with a H-index of 35 (5794 citations, Google Scholar), Dr Bagot has over 50 published papers in top-tier journals including Neuron, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Biological Psychiatry that have garnered over 1800 citations. In 2015, she received the prestigious Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s NARSAD Young Investigator Award. In 2019, she was among 157 early career researchers to receive funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) for a study aimed at addressing historical sex-bias in data-driven models of stress susceptibility. In 2020, she was one of the newly elected Associate Members for American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and became the CIHR Tier 2 Chair in Behavioural Neurogenomics.

Dr Bagot obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2002), earning First Class Honours and winning the University Medal, at the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Doctor of Philosophy in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (2011) at McGill University, Canada. Before joining McGill, Dr Bagot was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr Eric Nestler’s laboratory at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA.

Publications & Impact Profile

Contact: Stewart Biology Building N8/4, 1205 Dr Penfield Avenue, Montreal, Québec (Canada) H3A 1B1 |  Telephone: +1 514 398 3419  |  E-mail: rosemary.bagot@mcgill.ca

Interviews and speaking engagements for Ludmer Centre researchers can be organized through the Ludmer Centre’s Administrative Director at info@LudmerCentre.ca or +1-514-265-3408.


How stress shapes the brain; Ludmer Centre Road to 200 Lectures, Nov. 2018

Road to 200: Dr. Rosemary Bagot – What can our genes tell us about depression? Nov. 2018


Muir, J., & Bagot, R.,C. (2019). Optogenetics: Illuminating the neural circuits of depression. In Quevedo, J., Carvalho, A.F., & Zarate, C.A. (Eds.), Neurobiology of Depression: A Road to Novel Therapeutics. Elsevier

Rose Bagot


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